When Alfred Morris arrived in Washington D.C. it was clear that he was a bit different.
He proceeded to tear up the league as a rookie running back and made his name known.
Since then he's cooled down a bit, but still been a valuable player for the Redskins. Recently, some new information about this different player came to light about one of Morris' pre-game routines.
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Morris was first asked about the ritual by Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post after the Redskins' game against the St. Louis Rams.
Steinberg had noticed something before the game and had wanted to ask Morris about it. He'd that the player spent about 20 minutes prior to each game with a few ushers and other stadium staff members and wanted to know why.
According to Steinberg, in his rookie year an usher had asked Morris to chat. Morris obliged and the two had a conversation for a little bit before the game.
All of this happened before Morris' name was known around the league of course. This tradition hasn't stopped since that initial chat and the group has since grown.
"The group grew, and the conversations became a fixture of his game days. Morris learned all the staffers’ names. He kept in touch with them during the offseason.
"They started meeting up for all-you-can-eat crab and shrimp feasts at local restaurants. He calls them “my Stadium Fam,” and if you think there isn’t peace and happiness at FedEx Field on fall Sundays, you’ve never observed these 20-minute sessions, which start with laughter and end with a prayer."
Lorenzo Parker, one of the members of Morris' "stadium fam" added that Morris acts just like a regular guy during the conversations.
Morris explained to Steinberg that this isn't a publicity stunt and that this is just Alfred Morris, the same humble, down- to- earth player who is running through NFL defenses every week.